When your teenagers express that their interests have turned toward extreme sports, you might immediately have a negative reaction. You may worry about their safety, or you may feel as though they already have enough activities to worry about. Instead of taking this negative approach, consider how you can help them to pursue their interests in a positive way.
Keep an Open Mind
Your initial reaction to extreme sports could very well involve safety concerns. Keep in mind that not all extreme sports come with high levels of danger. Express your concerns to your teenagers. However, you should also remember that your anxieties can stifle your children’s express and pursuits. If you are unfamiliar with the sport, you may want to watch it on television or read about it together so that you can learn.
Find an Instructor
Since you want your kids to exude safety and they want to learn the skills of the sport, you should start to work on finding an instructor. Your children’s school may have classes or an instructor available, but many schools do not have this type of availability for extreme sports. You may want to look in the community to see if you can find any opportunities. Even if you have to take a little bit of a drive, consider how that boost your children’s confidence. They can know that you support them.
Get the Right Gear
Whether your teenagers are going to take classes in the neighborhood or participate in a course at school, you want to make certain that they have the right equipment for extreme sports. Take them to a store that is specific to that sport’s niche, like Bob’s Cycle & Snowmobile Supply, to get the right gear and make sure that everything fits well. Failure to properly equip them could mean that safety concerns arise. Also, the teachers may not allow them to participate if they aren’t prepared. They could show up for their first class to find out that all they can do is watch others learn.
Encourage Them and Get Involved
Learning an extreme sport is not an easy task. Your teenagers might talk to you about quitting after the first few lessons. Instilling in them the importance of sticking to this new commitment is a good idea because it can influence them positively in the future. Also, look for opportunities to get involved. You might bring snacks to the practices, or you may go away with the team to a conference that addresses the concerns of athletes in this field.
If your teenagers tell you they want to participate in extreme sports, take a few minutes to think so that you don’t have a negative response. This step can be tremendously positive for them.